The School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC), has been awarded a $145,000 grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) over the next two years to study community level factors that might contribute to disparities in colorectal cancer screening.
Community factors that might influence screening include demographic characteristics, the supply of medical resources, insurance markets, and the cancer death rate. The investigators hope that the findings from this study can be applied to policy interventions that will improve screening rates and ameliorate the large ethnic disparity in colorectal cancer screening.
Jim Stimpson, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is serving as principal investigator on this project. Co-investigators are UNTHSC colleagues José A. Pagán, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Health Management and Policy; Sumihiro Suzuki, PhD, assistant professor, Biostatistics; and Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, PhD, associate professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences.